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Listen to free audio books and poetry recordings! This library of audio books and poetry features digital recordings and MP3's from the Naropa Poetics Audio Archive, LibriVox, Project Gutenberg, Maria Lectrix, and Internet Archive users.


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Dec 13, 2014 Herbert Allen Giles
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LibriVox recording of Religions of Ancient China by Herbert Allen Giles. Read in English by MaryAnn Spiegel. An overview of the religions of China, beginning with Fu Hsi, B.C. 2953-2838, and continuing through the 19th Century. (Summary by MaryAnn) For further information, including links to online text, reader information, RSS feeds, CD cover or other formats (if available), please go to the LibriVox catalog page for this recording. For more free audio books or to become a volunteer reader,...
Topics: librivox, audiobooks, materialism, buddhism, Confucius, confucianism, taoism, t'ien, shang ti, 天,...
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Dec 5, 2014 The Three Initiates
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LibriVox recording of The Kybalion by The Three Initiates. Read in English by Andrea Fiore. The Kybalion: Hermetic Philosophy is a 1908 book claiming to be the essence of the teachings of Hermes Trismegistus, published anonymously by a group or person under the pseudonym of "the Three Initiates". The Kybalion was first published in 1908 by the Yogi Publication Society and is now in the public domain, and can be found on the internet. The book purports to be based upon ancient...
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Topics: librivox, audiobooks, philosophy, New Thought, magic, Gnosticism, mythology, mind, wisdom,...
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Nov 30, 2014 Thomas Reid
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LibriVox recording of An Inquiry into the Human Mind on the Principles of Common Sense by Thomas Reid. Read in English by Steven Reynolds; KHand "That excellent book by Thomas Reid, the Inquiry into the Human Mind (first edition, 1764; 6th edition, 1810), as a negative proof of the Kantian truths, affords us a very thorough conviction of the inadequacy of the senses to produce the objective perception of things, and also of the non-empirical origin of the perception of space and time. Reid...
Topics: librivox, audiobooks, philosophy, epistemology, early modern philosophy, common sense, scottish...
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Nov 14, 2014 Peter Hempson Ditchfield
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LibriVox recording of Books Fatal to Their Authors by Peter Hempson Ditchfield. Read in English by Librivox volunteers. This is a collection of stories of authors who have lost their fortunes and sometimes their lives after writing a book. The liberty of a person's conscience was unknown in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries; Why should a man be drawn and quartered for writing what we know is the truth? What must it have been like to have lived in that era. At the time it was dangerous to...
Topics: librivox, audiobooks, book burning, persecution, free speech
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Nov 7, 2014 E. M. Forster
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LibriVox recording of The Machine Stops by E. M. Forster. Read in English by Phil Chenevert "The Machine Stops" is a science fiction story by E. M. Forster. After initial publication in 1909 the story was republished in Forster's The Eternal Moment and Other Stories in 1928. After being voted one of the best novellas up to 1965, it was included that same year in the populist anthology Modern Short Stories. In 1973 it was also included in The Science Fiction Hall of Fame, Volume Two....
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Nov 6, 2014 James Allen
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LibriVox recording of Eight Pillars of Prosperity by James Allen. Read in English by Andrea Fiore It is popularly supposed that a greater prosperity for individuals or nations can only come through a political and social reconstruction. This cannot be true apart from the practice of the moral virtues in the individuals that comprise a nation. Better laws and social conditions will always follow a higher realization of morality among the individuals of a community, but no legal enactment can...
Topics: librivox, audiobooks, nature, joy, life, economy, love, mind, morals, virtue, soul, prosperity,...
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Oct 24, 2014 Mack Reynolds
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LibriVox recording of 5 Science Fictions Stories by Mac Reynolds by Dallas McCord Reynolds. Read in English by Phil Chenevert Five early stories by one of my favorite SF writers, Mack Reynolds. Medal of Honor is an intriguing look into the mind of someone who is above the law; who cannot commit a crime. How will he act? especially if he is a self centered drunk? Potential Enemy is story about the sad state of human minds that are ruled by fear and paranoia. Happy Ending is an SF story about the...
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LibriVox recording of Invention And Discovery: Curious Facts And Characteristic Sketches by Unknown. Read in English by David Wales "In this little volume are brought together a number of sketches and memoranda, illustrating the history of discovery, and the lives and labours of inventors and explorers, not of our own country alone, but of others, for knowledge is of no country, but of all. The object of the collector has been rather to present the popular than the strictly scientific side...
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Topics: librivox, audiobooks, history, nineteenth century, invention, technology, discovery
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Sep 16, 2014 Arthur Gray
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LibriVox recording of The Little Tea Book by Arthur Gray. Read in English by LibriVox volunteers. After all, tea is the drink! Domestically and socially it is the beverage of the world. There may be those who will come forward with their figures to prove that other fruits of the soil—agriculturally and commercially—are more important. Perhaps they are right when quoting statistics. But what other product can compare with tea in the high regard in which it has always been held by writers...
Topics: librivox, audiobooks, culture, Japan, India, china, British, japanese culture, tea, chinese...
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Sep 16, 2014 Karel Čapek
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LibriVox recording of R.U.R (Rossum’s Universal Robots) by Karel Čapek. (Translated by Paul Selver.) Read in English by a full cast. Helena Glory, as the daughter of a major industrial power's president, is a woman on a mission. She faces the island factory of Rossum's Universal Robots, the world's leading company in robotic engineering. She is convinced that these new creations called robots they make are deserving of rights like humans do. Everyone else is convinced robots are nothing more...
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Topics: librivox, audiobooks, sci-fi, science fiction, science, apocalypse, love story, machines,...
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Aug 21, 2014 Poul William Anderson
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LibriVox recording of Sentiment, Inc. by Poul William Anderson. Read in English by Phil Chenevert The way we feel about another person, or about objects, is often bound up in associations that have no direct connection with the person or object at all. Often, what we call a "change of heart" comes about sheerly from a change in the many associations which make up our present viewpoint. Now, suppose that these associations could be altered artificially, at the option of the person who...
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Aug 20, 2014 Percival Leigh
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LibriVox recording of The Comic English Grammar by Percival Leigh (1813 - 1889), read in English by Ruth Golding. This is a basic grammar, treating of the parts of speech, syntax, versification, pronunciation and punctuation. The listener is warned that there is quite a dated feel about this little grammar as the author, in keeping with the times (1840), is a frightful snob about social classes, scathing about 'vulgar speech' and also sometimes quite rude about American turns of phrase. The...
Topics: librivox, audiobooks, humor, humour, verse, manners, etiquette, pronunciation, punctuation, parts...
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Aug 16, 2014 Edmund Burke
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LibriVox recording of A Philosophical Enquiry by Edmund Burke. Read in English by ej. Burke's A Philosophical Enquiry is an important treatise in the history of philosophical aesthetics, putting forth a theory of two concepts of central, perennial importance to the field of aesthetics, namely, the beautiful and the sublime. Written before Burke turned 19, it is his only purely philosophical work. Despite being such an early work, Burke's Philosophical Enquiry was noted by such later...
Topics: librivox, audiobooks, philosophy, beauty, aesthetics, beautiful, sublimity, sublime, taste,...
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Aug 10, 2014 Emmerson W. Manning
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LibriVox recording of Practical Instruction for Detectives by Emmerson W. Manning. Read in English by Fiddlesticks; James K. White; Rosslyn Carlyle; Julia Niedermaier Having been connected for many years with two of the largest and most successful private detective agencies in this country, both as an operator and as an official, and having been requested to outline briefly and concisely the most modern and up-to-date methods employed by leading detectives and private detective agencies of...
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Topics: librivox, audiobooks, Crime, criminals, instructions, detectives
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Jul 1, 2014 Various
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LibriVox recording of Short Poetry Collection 133 by Various. Read in English by SuperCoconut; Glenn O'Brien; Arup Sen; Peter Deligdisch; Andrew K Waugh; Son of the Exiles; Malcolm Fisher; Algy Pug; Bruce Kachuk; Shakira Searle; Willy; inflected; Fiddlesticks; Eunah Choi; Christopher Earnings; Phil Schempf; Ruth Golding This is a collection of 27 poems read by LibriVox volunteers for June 2014. This collection includes the following: All Things Bright and Beautiful , by Cecil F. Alexander A...
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Jun 11, 2014 August Strindberg
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LibriVox recording of Growth of a Soul by August Strindberg. (Translated by Claud Field.) Johan August Strindberg was a Swedish playwright who has had many of his works read into Librivox by volunteers. From his earliest work, Strindberg developed forms of dramatic action, language, and visual composition so innovative that many were to become technically possible to stage only with the advent of film. He is considered the "father" of modern Swedish literature. The Growth of a Soul is...
Topics: librivox, audiobooks, memoir, sweden, august strindberg
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May 22, 2014 Sewell Peaslee Wright; Captain S. P. Meek; Arthur J. Burks; Murray Leinster; Harl Vincent; Charles W. Diffin; Tom Curry
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LibriVox recording of Astounding Stories 07, July 1930 by Sewell Peaslee Wright; Captain S. P. Meek; Arthur J. Burks; Murray Leinster; Harl Vincent; Charles W. Diffin; Tom Curry. Read in English by ScottReyonoldsVoice; Atmor; Mike Pelton; Robert Dixon; Jason Mills; Tommy Howell Issue seven of this seminal science-fiction magazine - Summary by Annise For further information, including links to online text, reader information, RSS feeds, CD cover or other formats (if available), please go to the...
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Apr 30, 2014 H. S. Olcott
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LibriVox recording of The Buddhist Catechism by H. S. Olcott. Read in English by Beth Thomas; Ben Lindsey-Clark; deongines The simple aim of this little book is to give so succinct and yet comprehensive a digest of Buddhistic history, ethics and philosophy as to enable beginners to understand and appreciate the noble ideal taught by the Buddha, and thus make it easier for them to follow out the Dharma in its details. In this book, information is presented in a catechism format: question and...
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Apr 26, 2014 Ernest Thompson Seton
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LibriVox recording of The Biography of a Grizzly by Ernest Thompson Seton. Read in English by Phil Chenevert Wahb (meaning White Bear) is an orphaned Grizzly Bear who learns to respect his fears, fight for peace, and trust the healing powers of a stinky hot-spring. The story is aptly titled The Biography of a Grizzly because it is about the life of a Grizzly. Seton writes with a folksy tone that will enlighten children to the gore and war that Grizzly Bears endure. I thought it was fun to learn...
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Topics: librivox, audiobooks, bears, grizzly
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Mar 25, 2014 James Allen
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LibriVox recording of Man: King of Mind, Body, and Circumstance by James Allen. Read in English by Andrea Fiore. The problem of life consists in learning how to live. It is like the problem of addition or subtraction to the schoolboy. When mastered, all difficulty disappears, and the problem has vanished. All the problems of life, whether they be social, political, or religious, subsist in ignorance and wrong-living. As they are solved in the heart of each individual, they will be solved in the...
Topics: librivox, audiobooks, New Thought, life, thoughts, poverty, mind, evolution, freedom, character,...
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Mar 24, 2014 Patanjali
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LibriVox recording of Yoga Sutras of Patanjali: The Book of the Spiritual Man by Patanjali. (Translated by Charles Johnston.) Read in English by Maggie Russell. This is Charles Johnston's translation of and commentary on the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali. Johnston's interpretation of this seminal yogic text focuses on "the birth of the spiritual from the psychical man." - Summary by Maggie Russell. For further information, including links to online text, reader information, RSS feeds, CD...
Topics: librivox, audiobooks, Yoga, raja yoga
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Mar 19, 2014 Ray Cummings; Murray Leinster; Charles W. Diffin
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LibriVox recording of Astounding Stories 06, June 1930 by Ray Cummings; Murray Leinster; Charles W. Diffin. Read in English by KHand; Tommy Howell; Mike Pelton; Zachary Brewster-Geisz; Marty; Greg Giordano Issue six of this seminal science-fiction magazine concludes the Ray Cummings story "Brigands of the Moon", and continues Murray Leinster's "Murder Madness". In addition there are three short stories, by various authors, and a short novel by Charles W. Diffin - Summary by...
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Mar 17, 2014 Bertrand Russell
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LibriVox recording of The Analysis of Mind by Bertrand Russell. Read in English by Bob Neufeld; Bigcowfeet; emmablob; Kevin W. Davidson; rookieblue; Mark Johnston; David Jenkins; Ted Delorme; DPranitis; DJRickyV; and Lee Smalley. A neat work on philosophy of mind by the 20th century analytic philosopher Bertrand Russell. (Summary by sidhu177) For further information, including links to online text, reader information, RSS feeds, CD cover or other formats (if available), please go to the...
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Feb 24, 2014 Mark Twain
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LibriVox recording of The Adventures of Tom Sawyer (dramatic reading) by Mark Twain. Read in English by a full cast. Growing up on the banks of the Mississippi river, a mischievous boy named Tom Sawyer spends his days getting into one scrape after another. Tom's constant cleverness, superstition, trickery, and daring make him a handful to raise, and his Aunt Polly declares that she has "never seen the beat of that boy!" Tom is essentially good-hearted, however, but when he is witness...
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Topics: librivox, audiobooks, childhood, village life, mischief, children's classics
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Feb 18, 2014 Philip M. Rule
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LibriVox recording of The Cat: Its Natural History, Varieties and Management by Philip M. Rule. Read in English by Linda Dougherty; csheeler; Krzysztof Rowiński; Kara Shallenberg; MariaS; Phil Schempf; Jill Engle "The origin of the domestic cat (Felis domestica) is a subject about which there has been much conjecture and scientific discussion, but without any positive issue. Very long before the cat was kept in this country as a domesticated animal it was possessed by the ancient...
Topics: librivox, audiobooks, cats, history of cats, vareties of cats
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Feb 4, 2014 Gabriel Tarde
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LibriVox recording of Underground Man by Gabriel Tarde (1843 - 1904). (Translated by Cloudesley Shovell Henry Brereton (1863 - 1937).) Read in English by Ruth Golding. This post-apocalyptic novella tells the story of the downfall of civilisation and mankind following a solar cataclysm in the late 20th century. To survive, the remnants of humanity had to build a new civilization underground in the complete absence of all species except mankind, choosing to base it only on love and beauty, the...
Topics: librivox, audiobooks, philosophy, science fiction, science, art, love, society, disaster, eugenics,...
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Feb 2, 2014 William Walker Atkinson
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LibriVox recording of Your Mind and How to Use It by William Walker Atkinson. Read in English by Algy Pug William Walker Atkinson was one of the most prominent contributors to the literature of the New Thought movement, a non-denomination spiritual philosophy which developed in the late Nineteenth Century. Although he achieved eminence in a number of professions, Atkinson never sought personal publicity, and many of his numerous works were published under a variety of pseudonyms. Most of...
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